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Charm & Strange - Stephanie Kuehn **SPOILER FREE review**An intriguing and well-written book that alternates chapters between Win/Drew's present life at a Vermont boarding school and his past as a ten year-old. Though there are a few very familiar YA tropes here -- a main character who is an outcast at a tony New England boarding school, and a murdered teenager -- this book definitely puts a new spin on them. Based on the clues that were given (some very strange interactions between Drew and his family, the book's title and chapter subtitles, which I think are physics terms, plus the fact that this book reminded me of a 2009 YA book -- don't want to say more as that would be a spoiler for both books) I was able to figure out the big mystery about half-way through the book. Though that type of book is not usually my favorite, I really liked the unique spin that Charm and Strange put on all the genre, the way the book was structured, and the writing. Again, I don't want to say much, because part of the pleasure of this book is trying to put all the pieces together. And even when you've done that, this book will still have you thinking...You want to know what book this reminded me of? Oh, fine. But if you've read either book, it will be a spoiler for the other one: Liar by Justine Larbalestier